How to write a topic sentence

Read the paragraph below. It does not have a topic sentence.

Sample paragraph

What is this paragraph about? What is the topic of this paragraph? The topic is the range of programs offered at RMIT. A possible topic sentence could be:

Topic sentence

By incorporating the two of them together, you would get the final paragraph below.

Final version of paragraph

A topic sentence is usually best placed at the beginning of the paragraph.


  • It helps the reader to understand quickly what the paragraph is going to be about.
  • Allows the writer to clearly develop the paragraph that follows.
  • Helps the writer check that they are writing about one topic only.
  • Allows the writer to easily transfer information from a plan.


Activity 2



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